– notes, frequently asked questions and useful links from the archivist and curator of manuscripts at Balliol College, University of Oxford. Opinions expressed are the author's own.

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monthly report July 2016

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during July:

(I was away for 2 weeks of July, and no archives & mss research visits were scheduled during that time. This report is for 10 normal working days rather than the usual 20 or so.)

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 60
  • Running total for 2016: 577
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 9
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 10
  • Collections consulted: Monckton (2), Malcolm, Greene-Reid, Nicolson diaries, Browning, Hopkins, Arnold, AL Smith, Chalet, medieval mss
  • No of non-research visitors: ca. 40 – 30+ (Donors’ Day); individuals (2)
  • Interesting events: Balliol Donors’ Day event

monthly report: June 2016

A few numbers about archives & manuscripts activity during June:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 66
  • Running total for 2016: 517 – no.500 arrived 20 June.
  • Number of researchers in person (unique users): 10
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 12
  • Collections consulted: college records (3), Jowett archive, medieval mss (2), Monckton archive, Hopkins papers
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 50: 20+ (Traherne seminar); 10 (NADFAS visit); individuals (2); 8 (Bod trainees); 12 (Unlocking Archives)
  • Blog posts: 4
  • Interesting events: Traherne project digital collator seminar; visit by NADFAS group; Unlocking Archives talk on GM Hopkins; Bodleian trainees visit & career talk

 


monthly report May 2016

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during May:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 93
  • Running total for 2016: 451
  • Number of researchers in person: 4
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 7
  • Collections consulted: Sweet-Escott, Malcolm, college records
  • No of non-research visitors: 18 (Swedish group visit), ca 15 Unlocking, 4 individuals, plus exhibition visitors
  • Blog posts: 3
  • interesting events: visit led by an Old Member of Balliol, of a group of Swedes visiting Oxford from St Sigfrids folkhögskola (community college) in Växjö, Oxford’s link diocese in Sweden; Unlocking Archives talk by Naomi Tiley on ‘Representing the Ghost of Shakespear’:  summoning the spirits for Balliol’s spring exhibition.

What was I doing while so few people were here doing research? Oh, a few little things, adding nearly 3000 records to the Adlib database, reboxing 100+ boxes of archives, answering those 90+ enquiries with anything from an individually researched response or on-demand good-quality digital images to research guidance and help interpreting finding aids, adding 1000+ images to Flickr, assisting curators of two future exhibitions and planning a third, creating new displays for the college antechapel and Library…


monthly report April 2016

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during April:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 94
  • Running total for 2016: 357
  • Number of researchers in person: 7 (+ 9 for DIY Digitization day – research training!)
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 13
  • Collections consulted: medieval mss, AL Smith, Ernest Walker, George Malcolm, Monckton, Greene-Reid, Hope Simpson
  • No of non-research visitors: ca 350+ (Shakespeare exhibition – open weekend 159, plus individual Balliol people by appointment and passersby during weekday open hours; Holywell Manor Festival)
  • Blog posts: 4
  • interesting events: DIY Digitization day with Prof Daniel Wakelin and Oxford students (see Storify); Shakespeare exhibition and open weekend; talk with Dr John Jones about the St Cross building project and special collections to the St Margaret’s Institute (and thanks to many who attended that talk for coming to the open weekend a few days later!); Holywell Manor Festival (college event); new display in the antechapel (decorative features treasure hunt). No Unlocking Archives talks as April was entirely in the University Vacation period.

monthly report March 2016

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during March:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 75
  • Number of researchers in person: 14
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 18
  • Collections consulted: Greene-Reid, Arnold, medieval mss (4), Bradley, Maxwell, college records (2), TH Green, AL Smith, GM Hopkins, George Malcolm
  • No of non-research visitors: ca. 35 (historians, Unlocking Archives, individuals)
  • Blog posts: 6
  • interesting events: with other college archivists, staffed college archives stall at undergraduate history thesis fair (Schools); Unlocking Archives talk by Eleanor Greer [correction: February’s talk was by Anna on AL Smith]; talk for undergraduate history students about planning and practicalities of archival research for dissertations (Anna and Dr Valentina Caldari)

monthly report February 2016

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during February:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 94
  • Number of researchers in person: 10
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 12
  • Collections consulted: medieval mss (2), Morier, Malcolm, college archives (Musical Society, building plans), Jowett, TH Green
  • No of non-research visitors: ca. 100 (private event, Balliol class, Bibliophiles visit, Unlocking Archives, Into University sessions, individuals)
  • Blog posts: 4
  • interesting events: display of medieval manuscripts by Anna for a Balliol tutor & Modern Languages students, the Oxford University Bibliophiles, and a private event; Unlocking Archives talk by Eleanor Greer; new public antechapel display (Broad St); Into University sessions led by the Librarian

monthly report January 2016

A few numbers about what was happening at St Cross during January:

  • Number of enquiries (email etc): 95
  • Number of researchers in person: 5
  • Number of person-days in the reading room: 8
  • Collections consulted: medieval & early modern mss, George Malcolm papers, college archives
  • No of non-research visitors: 4 individuals
  • Blog posts: 3
  • interesting events: display from archives, manuscripts and early printed books for Balliol JCR